2021 Tasmania Escape featuring Hobart and Strahan
Satisfy your lifelong dream for cycling in Tasmania
Wilderness rides, climbing mountains, hidden coves
Wineries to breweries, traditional bakeries to modern cuisine, Tasmania is the place to explore.
PopularAT A GLANCE
- 7 Days
- Intermediate to Experienced
- 4 Dinners, 2 Lunches
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Navigational Guidance
Hobart, Tasmania, November 7, 2021
Hobart, Tasmania, November 14, 2021
Group Size: 14 guests – 3 staff
Rides: Sealed roads, some bikeways – an option to take a gravel detour on some days
Challenge Rating: Some hills – Adventure /Backroads
Accommodation: 3 to 4 star hotels, twin share, optional single supplement when booking
Social Riding and Leisure: We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! We understand that you don’t normally ride everyday at home. Our ride routes cherry-pick the best areas.
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is all actually about the bike! Our epic and challenge ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles.
Buffet breakfast every day, 4 dinners and 2 lunches
- Professional and experienced cycling guides
- 6 nights accommodation in stunning Tasmania
- Travel in air-conditioned vehicles
- Transfers from designated collection and drop-off locations
- Travel on the the West Coast Wilderness Railway
- Entry to MONA (Museum of New and Old Art)
- All meals (as listed on itineraries)
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride nutrition (including drinking water, sports powders and bars/muffins and fruit)
- Tour ride jersey and bib-shorts
- Ride files and detailed tour itinerary
- Entry fees (as listed on itineraries)
Why we Love this Tour
- Travelling in a small group of cyclists on carefully designed ride routes that maximise your safety, enjoyment and challenge
- Mechanical and vehicle support for peace of mind
- Fully guided and supported rides
- Winery and Brewery Tours
- Cycle through World Heritage Wilderness
- Magnificent Coastlines and fascinating historic villages
Price: AUD $4000 (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD $850
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.
Cycle through World Heritage Wilderness, Hidden Coves and fascinating historic villages
Tasmania is ready for us to discover and a rich history to understand. Many tourists plan their trip to Tasmania for a weekend, maybe for four days, expecting that they’ll whip around the island and see the sights. I may have fallen foul to this belief on my first trip, I barely made it out of Hobart! We’ve connected with our local Tasmania crew and captured some of their favourite spots to create an itinerary that incorporates many of the great locations in close to Hobart, including:
- MONA (Museum of New and Old Art)
- Huon Valley
- Western Tasmania Wilderness Heritage area
- kunanyi / Mount Wellington
As the days get longer again and the clouds part for clearer skies, we will experience the cool temperate rainforest of Southern Tasmania. One of the greatest aspects for travelling around Hobart is the amazing produce that is readily available from the farm-gate, such as:
- Fresh Oysters, straight from the hidden coves
- Local Cheeses, traditionally made by cheese artisans
- Crisp Apple Cider, made in traditional methods
- Cascade Brewery, the oldest operating brewery in Australia
From wineries to breweries, traditional bakeries to modern cuisine, all using the freshest local ingredients, Tasmania is the place to explore.
If it were not for the cuisine, you’d go for the culture and wilderness. Your Tasmania itinerary awaits with great cycling and side trips:
- Visit MONA (Museum of New and Old Art)
- Ride the steam train along the West Coast Wilderness Railway
- Learn the history and significant icons of Tasmania in the art installation known simly as “The Wall”
Satisfy your lifelong dream for cycling in Tasmania, knowing you have the full support of our professional cycling guides and ride support.
Circumnavigate Tasmania – Daily Itinerary
Hobart and Bellerive
Welcome to Hobart, Tasmania. Hobart is one of Australia’s great destinations for both those relocating and those looking for an amazing tourist destination.
The city’s vibrancy is attributed by its many layers – the Salamanca markets, the arrival of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the last port before Antarctic expeditions and the unmistakable philanthropic (as well as) cutting edge impressions that local David Walsh has created. Consider arriving a day earlier and enjoy the vibrant Salamanca Markets on a Saturday afternoon.
Our trip officially starts this morning at 10am, with staff meeting you at our hotel. Later in the day we will head out on our warm up ride offering great views of the city. We’ll return to the city in time to enjoy a welcome drink at a local wine bar and officially welcome our guests at our welcome dinner. You’re conveniently located close to the wonderful harbour precinct with its many restaurants, rich history and great pubs. Your guides will be on hand to help with check-in, prepare your bike ready to roll and go over the trip ahead.
- Warm Up Ride
- Welcome Dinner with drinks
- Explore Hobart Harbour
Our main ride today heads out across the Derwent River to the Eastern side before heading south. We can enjoy the views across the Derwent River up to Mount Wellington, before we ride it in a few days time. We will return past one of Hobart’s iconic venues, Bellerive oval and finally over the Tasman Bridge. There are a number of shortcuts available today for those wanting a short ride.
Huon Valley and Apple Isle
Discover the taste sensations of the Apple Isle as we target the oysters, salmon, apples and cherries around the Huon Valley.
Many Australian restaurants source their freshest ingredients from Tasmania. It is little surprise that the beautiful countryside of the Huon Valley delivers the finest produce. Today we set our sights to the south west of Hobart as we head through Taroona, which has the highest shot tower in the southern hemisphere. This is our first iconic detour for today.
We then follow the Derwent River enjoying views to Bruny Island. Once we reach aptly named Oyster Cove we head through the countryside and join onto the Huon River and Kangaroo Bay. We will stop for lunch, enjoying the freshest and finest produce before our final part of our ride along the Huon River and finishing at one of the great Apple Cider Brewery that proudly make cider using traditional methods.
We’ll travel back to Hobart after a relaxing afternoon in the sunny courtyard.
- Tasmanian Oysters, Mussels
- Traditional Cider Brewery Tasting
- Taroona Shot Tower
Our ride today explores the lush countryside, hidden coves and farm-gate producers. Rehydrating with a real fruit cider at the end of the ride will keep us motivated. Our undulating ride follows the western edge of the Derwent River to Oyster Cove, before we head over our main climb for the day through Nicholls Rivulet.
We descend to Kangaroo Bay and will make a stop for lunch, fueling-up on the finest local produce. For those wanting a longer ride, there is the option to add another couple of short climbs separated by the scenic road beside the Huon River. There is a shorter option that takes you directly to the cider brewery.
Richmond and MONA
Discover the Coal Valley and historic Richmond and the Museum of Old and New Art.
Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It’s centre is on the western side of the River Derwent, but the original penal colony and defensive outpost was established on the eastern side. Prior to Europeans, the Palawa people occupied the isolated island for more than 30,000 years. Within 50 years of European settlement, just 47 Palawa’s had survived the violence and disease, and within the next 50 years all pure descendants had succumbed.
Palawa people who had survived were often put to work beside convicts to build key infrastructure for the expanding colony. Colonial Australia is on display in Richmond, our main stop today. We can rest on the banks of the Coal River under the main attraction, the Richmond Bridge. A short distance away is the Richmond Gaol and the oldest Catholic Church in Australia. The Ice Creamery, cheese shop and lolly shop are also a must-visit.
Our ride finishes at MONA today, where we can explore the museum – curators took the opportunity of COVID to redesign several aspects. This is the most unique gallery I have personally ever visited and can at times feel disorientating. David Walsh’s creation is an international hit, and is most noted for its central themes around sex and death.
- Richmond in the Coal River Valley
- Derwent River
Our ride today takes us over the Tasman Bridge, which was at the centre of one of Hobart’s greatest tragedies – it collapsing after a bulk ore carrier collided with a pylon. New safety measures are in place and a dedicated, yet narrow cycleway will help guide our safe crossing. After crossing the Derwent, we head into the Coal River Valley to Richmond.
Our return journey crosses the Derwent further upstream and soon after finishes at MONA. This will give us the afternoon to explore MONA before catching the ferry back to Hobart.
Wilderness Tasmania and 99 Bends
Discover the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, ‘The Wall’ sculpture and the 99 Bends to Queenstown.
We will take our transport this morning out of Hobart and start our ride from the fascinating museum/art installation of ‘The Wall’ in Derwent Bridge. Situated at the southern end of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park the art installation is a Huon Pine wood sculpture that is 3m high and over 100m in length depicting the rich history, flora and fauna of Tasmania. It took Greg Duncan, the curator more than a decade to complete.
After visualising the history of Tasmania, we jump on our bikes and enjoy a mostly downhill run to Queenstown, crossing the Franklin River. From the road we can see the wilderness landscape of the King William Range, with the most prominent feature being the Frenchman’s cap. A short climb to Gormanstown, an historic mining village we have the fun descent along the 99 bends to Queenstown.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a meal together.
- The Wall sculpture
- 99 bends
- Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Our ride today will be scenic and in this direction, gravity will help us most of the way.
Our destination is Queenstown and we arrive on a stunning winding road, known as the 99 bends. The course we take traverses the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, which finds us gradually descending from Lake Saint Clair to the Franklin river. There are many scenic lookouts along todays route, where will can admire the peaks of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. There aren’t shortcuts today, but you can choose to take a lift in our transport for a rest from the pedals.
Strahan and Macquarie Harbour
Explore Strahan today.
This morning we will ride to Strahan, where you have the option to continue the riding adventure to the beach involving some gravel. Alternatively be off the bike by lunch and explore Strahan in the afternoon. There are many individual options for you to explore this afternoon, maybe a cruise on Macquarie Harbour or take to the air with a helicopter tour over the Wilderness areas. If you’d like something more active, take the one of Tasmania’s greatest short walks to Hogarth Falls.
Tonight we’ll enjoy another meal together.
- Macquarie Harbour
- West Coast Tasmania
We have a simple ride today, with a little bit of climbing through the wilderness areas of Tasmania. Most of the climbing is out of the way in the first 15km, before the 25km descent to Strahan on Macquarie Harbour. A ride extension option allows you to reach the Macquarie inlet, on the west coast. This is mostly a gravel road with some sandy sections, but adventures reward those who accept the challenge.
West Coast Wilderness Railway
Discover the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Today we give our bikes (and our legs) a rest and substitute our pedal power for a wonderful step back in time with the scenic steam train through the western Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest. Your journey will travel along the entire West Coast Wilderness Railway line. Starting along the Macquarie Harbour we follow the King river to one of the once busiest ports in Tasmania Teepookana. We criss-cross the King river and dive into the forest toward the Queen river along the only operating Abt rack and pinion section in the Southern Hemisphere.
We will travel back to Hobart this afternoon, preparing for our final ride tomorrow.
- West Coast Wilderness Railway
- Tasmania Rainforest Walk
- On-board commentary
We will exchange our pedal power for some historical steam power, travelling along one an iconic rail journey.
kunanyi / Mt Wellington and Cascade Brewery
Finish with the iconic summit track to kunanyi / Mt Wellington and a Cascade Brewery stopover.
Today we have one our toughest rides, not for its distance but its vertical ascent. One of the most distinguishing features of Hobart is the looming landscape or silhouette of Mt Wellington. The Palawi people called the mountain kunanyi, and since 2013 it is recognised as kunanyi / Mt Wellington. There is an observatory at the top which provides stunning views across Hobart, the Derwent estuaries and about 100km of World Heritage Area to the West.
Our return journey is abbreviated with a stop at the Cascade brewery. To make good beer, one needs a good clean water source or a mountain spring, and that’s what ensured that Cascade is the oldest operating brewery in Australia.
- West Coast Wilderness Railway
- Tasmania Rainforest Walk
- On-board commentary
Our ride heads out from Battery Point around Mount Nelson, where we can admire the views across the water where each year yachts race to Constitution Dock for the Sydney to Hobart. We can reflect on the significance of racing down Australia’s East Coast before aiming our sights upward for the 22km climb to the Mt Wellington Summit. From an elevation of 1217m, enjoy the views before descending back to the foothills and the Cascade brewery.
Farewell from Hobart, Tasmania
Sadly today we farewell our guests on our cycling adventure around Tasmania.
We’ve experienced cycle through World Heritage Wilderness, Hidden Coves and fascinating historic villages and much, much more. We have various shuttles to the airport throughout the day, enabling you to connect with your preferred flight back home.
- West Coast Wilderness Railway
- Tasmania Rainforest Walk
- On-board commentary
Why Book with Bikestyle Tours?
A COVID-Safe plan
- All staff and guests must complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to the start of the trip
- Bikestyle Tours complies with the QLD COVID Safe Industry Plan (Tourism and Accommodation, Bike Tours); such as controls for social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, vehicle transport.
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